So, we’re running late and want to pick up food on the way home for all to enjoy. In Cochabamba there are no McD’s (the ‘D’ stands for death), no TacoHell, no KFC (kemmo fried carcinogens). But there are hundreds of little places that will cook up some of the options we picked up tonight including a special order vegetarian plate, which is an odd request in Bolivia. (“Quieres un plato sin carne…..en serio? Pues, OK”)
The whole meal came to just under $6, my treat! Can you feed a family of four for $6 on a ‘dollar’ menu with all food groups WELL represented? I honestly don’t know, I value our health too much to do the research.
One of my favorite activities in Cochabamba, is going to the market to shop for…anything you need.
In different areas you will find concentrations of vendors of fresh produce, grains, cheeses, meats, and other household necessities.
GMO and organic labeling, you won’t find that, because almost everything there is to buy (for the purpose of human consumption) is produced within a day’s journey by truck. Food products that are imported are not very popular because they’re expensive, not as fresh and because they are not local trusted products. With about $30-40 we can procure food provisions, including meat and dairy, that will last the five of us a week. Fresh bread is bought daily at an expense of about $1.20 per day for a variety of 8-10 rolls (sandwich size).
The small collection of fruit we picked up the other day cost about $5, and that’s expensive, because strawberries and cherimoya fruit are the most expensive produce you’ll find. The bananas and tangerines totaled less than $2. All thanks to the efforts of small business owners, if only farming were still like this in the States. Then the tomatoes that migrant pickers earn 1.5 cents per pound harvesting in Florida wouldn’t cost $2/pound in Florida markets.
- $5 in fruit